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New League Page Features Water-Management Resources

June 4, 2015
The League of California Cities® staff has assembled a new webpage containing resources intended to help cities meet the state’s first emergency water-use restrictions and groundwater management plan mandate.
The page contains resources to assist with conservation, groundwater and stormwater. Amid the ongoing drought, cities face unprecedented challenges in all three areas:
  • Acting in response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 25 executive order, the State Water Resources Board has assigned urban water suppliers conservation standards of between 4 and 36 percent, affecting cities as users, suppliers or both.
  • Last year, Governor Brown signed the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, requiring  state-identified “high- or medium-priority” basins subject to “critical conditions of overdraft” to be managed under a plan by 2020. Other high- or medium-priority basins must be managed under a plan by 2022.
  • Among the changes for stormwater are a new Industrial General Permit and a recently announced federal Clean Water Rule. Cities continue to face obstacles in regard to stormwater funding under Proposition 218. 
The League’s new webpage also includes water news headlines from around the state. A guide to Prop. 1 (water bond) programs will be added after the FY 2015-16 state budget is finalized.
League staff also maintains a listserv devoted to water issues enabling elected officials and city staff to more easily share information. More than 460 members have signed up since the listserv was announced on April 13.

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